Featured Architecture Projects
North Carolina Museum of Art; Raleigh, North Carolina
 by Thomas Phifer and Partners Print E-mail
Friday, 04 February 2011 09:35
The museum is, in essence, a single 65,000-square-foot room, separated by partial height walls into galleries, none a discrete, fully enclosed room.  Overhead, hundreds of elliptical occuli bathe the interior in even, full-spectrum daylight, modulated to filter out damaging rays. In this gently luminous setting, the artwork takes on heightened vividness.  Outside, matte anodized aluminum panels that enclose the building continue the discourse with the landscape.  From oblique vantage points on the exterior, underlying strips of polished stainless steel capture unexpected and scintillating reflections.

 The project The project is recipient of a 2011 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Architecture.
North-Carolina-Museum-Art_ScottFrancesa© Scott FrancesInside the North Carolina Museum of Art, the light of day and the lush surrounding hills have a presence unusual in institutional galleries for art. Overhead, hundreds of elliptical occuli, in long, parallel, coffered vaults bathe the museum’s interior in even, full-spectrum daylight, modulated in intensity by layered materials that filter out damaging rays. In the gently luminous setting, against pure white walls, the artwork takes on heightened immediacy and vividness.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 12:18
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Marlene Imirzian & Associates - Paradise Valley Life Science Building in Phoenix, Arizona Print E-mail
Monday, 31 January 2011 17:03

Phoenix, Arizona has a burgeoning Biotechnology industry and in order to help fill the demand for skilled employees the Paradise Valley Community College plans to double its Biotechnology Program. The new Life Science Building provides new instructional space, housing the college’s Anatomy, Physiology, General Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Marine Biology and Environmental Biology Programs.
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The PVCC Life Science Building is a fusion of unique educational laboratory and specific environmental response, a manifest symbol of a commitment to collaborative learning, creating an interactive forum for both the formal and informal exchange of ideas within the context of sustainable and responsive desert architecture.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 12:20
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Steven Holl Architects - Horizontal Skyscraper / Vanke Center in Shenzhen, China Print E-mail
Monday, 24 January 2011 00:00
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Hovering over a tropical garden, this ‘horizontal skyscraper’ – as long as the Empire State Building is tall - is a hybrid building including apartments, a hotel, and offices for the headquarters for China Vanke Co. ltd. A conference center, spa and parking are located under the large green, tropical landscape, which is characterized by mounds containing restaurants and a 500-seat auditorium.

The building appears as if it were once floating on a higher sea that has now subsided; leaving the structure propped up high on eight legs. The decision to float one large structure right under the 35-meter height limit, instead of several smaller structures each catering to a specific program, generates the largest possible green space open to the public on the ground level.

Suspended on eight cores, as far as 50 meters apart, the building’s structure is a combination of cable-stay bridge technology merged with a high-strength concrete frame. The first structure of its type, it has tension cables carrying a record load of 3280 tons.

Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 08:28
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Clive Wilkinson Architects - FIDM San Diego Campus in San Diego, California
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Thursday, 20 January 2011 00:00

This project is a wonderful example of design as a statement. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) is a private college with a thirty-five-year history of offering degrees directed at placing students in fashion, design and business. Having completed three previous major projects, the college asked the architect to create a new San Diego campus that represents the school’s progressive attitude towards education. The result is a space that is both non-traditional and tangibly centered around the value of design, appropriate enough for a school with just such a focus.
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Photograph © Benny Chan/Fotoworks
The project occupies the entire third floor of a high-rise office building. Comprising approximately 30,000 square feet, the space needed to accommodate all of the elements of the school’s main campus within the smaller footprint of a regional campus. To achieve this, the school is designed as a sequence of zones: a public entry zone; an educational zone housing classrooms, the library, and technology resources; and an administration zone for the school’s staff.
Last Updated on Monday, 24 January 2011 08:34
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WEISS/MANFREDI Architecture/Landscape/Urbanism - Barnard College Diana Center; New York City



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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 09:17

The Barnard College Diana Center's site is set within an intimate campus compressed within the dense urban environment of Manhattan. Comprised of an eclectic group of predominantly brick buildings, the campus is focused around Lehman Lawn with disconnected landscape spaces at the periphery.
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Photograph © Albert Vecerka/Esto
Located between the Lawn and Broadway, the Diana Center unites landscape and architecture, interior and exterior spaces, presenting a window onto the College and the city. The 98,000 square foot multi-use building establishes an innovative nexus for artistic, social, and intellectual life on the campus. The facility brings together spaces for art, architecture, theater, and art history, as well as faculty offices, a dining room, and a cafe.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 January 2011 09:21
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Claredale Street Housing in Bethnal Green, London Print E-mail
Friday, 14 January 2011 07:38
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Claredale Street Housing, Karakusevic Carson Architects’ latest project in Bethnal Green, East London for Tower Hamlets Community Housing is now complete and has been awarded the Richard Feilden Award in the 2010 HCA Housing Design Awards.

The project is the first phase of the regeneration of the Mansford Estates and Peachey Edwards, providing 77 homes (40 of which are family homes) in an estate of over 700 residences in a deprived area of Tower Hamlets, East London.

The Estates are characterised by 1960s high-rise towers and lower-rise 5/8 storey blocks interspersed by ill-defined spaces and walkways open to misuse. Claredale Street Housing replaces Bradley House, a medium-rise 8-storey Brutalist block, introducing high quality mixed-tenure housing and greater permeability into the estate. Bradley House was part of a cluster block scheme designed by Denis Lasdun in 1957. One aspect of that scheme – the Grade II listed 16-storey tower Keeling House - has been retained following a radical renovation in 2001 and defines the eastern boundary of the site.
Last Updated on Friday, 14 January 2011 08:07
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The Ford Assembly Building; Richmond, California
 by Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 January 2011 08:23
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The project converted a crumbling historic icon into a model of urban revitalization and sustainability. Now, Albert Kahn’s 1931 car factory for Henry Ford houses an acre-sized public event venue, restaurant/retail, and tenants including SunPower and Mountain Hardwear.

The 500,000-squre-foot waterfront building was awe-inspiring even as a quake-ravaged, brick, steel and concrete ruin. Hence, the project design objective to reflect our current century led to the integration of modern architectural elements for today’s diverse building program while complementing and enhancing the edifice’s powerful forms.

The restoration and preservation of the Ford Assembly Building on the San Francisco Bay waterfront, saved an historic architectural icon from the wrecking ball, and converted a long-vacant auto plant into a current-day model of urban revitalization and sustainability. The 525,000 square foot building had been designed by Albert Kahn for Henry Ford, and constructed in 1931. Following the facility’s initial car factory function, the Ford Building had many incarnations, including the famous World War II tank factory "manned" by Rosie-the-Riveters.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 January 2011 16:38
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill - Beijing CBD East Expansion; Beijing, China Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 14:53

Located in the heart of Beijing, the Central Business District (CBD) has emerged over the past decade as China's primary global business address and is now poised for an eastward expansion that will almost double its size. The CBD Eastern Expansion Plan defines opportunities for the growth of commerce, industry, culture and the arts by establishing a flexible framework for growth and an environmentally sustainable approach to 21st Century city design.

SOM_Beijing_01 Accommodating up to 7 million square meters of new development over a 3 square kilometer site, the plan calls for a restored commitment to public open space and a heightened focus on connectivity and mobility through advanced public transportation systems. A district-wide intelligent infrastructure system, composed of integrated utilities and controlled by smart technology, enables the CBD to function at optimum efficiencies and creates a model for large-scale, low-carbon, urban development.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 14:59
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